In 2005, I co-founded Envinity, a design build company. I have been fortunate to be part of Envinity's quick growth and the variety of roles offered.
Initially, I was the designer for Envinity's construction projects. The first house we designed and built was Centre County's first ENERGY STAR certified home. The home featured three different wall systems including straw bale construction. The average annual utility bills have been approximately $500/year.
When we hired a dedicated designer, my role shifted to focus on energy consumption within new and existing homes. I gained a thorough knowledge of energy movement through residential structures. As our single family energy audit business gained traction, Envinity was asked to help develop the PA Home Energy program as 'boots on the ground'.
Shortly after the development of PA Home Energy, we were asked to help develop the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency's (PHFA) multifamily energy audit program. I led the first project at The Umbrella Works building in Lancaster. PHFA's program was used to determine which multifamily buildings would be eligible for funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). I directed approximately twenty of these multifamily energy audits for our clients.
In addition to directing multifamily energy audits for ARRA funding, I also wrote a grant for the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, successfully securing $250,000 for the upgrade of the existing mechanical system.
In 2009, Envinity acquired Matson Environmental, a small commercial energy services company. With this acquisition, I was able to again refocus my efforts on the residential services Envinity offers. I now oversee the design and implementation of our renewable energy, HVAC and insulation activities.
In addition to my work at Envinity, I started a small real estate investment firm with a focus on buy-and-hold as well as house flips. I analyze and manage the projects for my investors.